Truckers offer tips to stay safe during holiday travels

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A recent AAA study showed that more than 43.6 million motorists are expected to travel 50 miles or more from their homes during the Thanksgiving weekend.

In response to the high number of travelers, American Trucking Association, a group of elite professional truck drivers with millions of accident-free miles, released a report offering advice on how to make it through the weekend on the road as safely as possible. Americans with their own trucks are encouraged to outfit their interiors with Husky Liners® vehicle floor mats.

"Thanksgiving is a challenging time on the highways," said Brooks Washburn, Share the Road Professional Driver.  "Between motorists visiting families or shopping during the start of the holiday shopping season, our highways are busier than ever.  There is nothing better than patience and safe driving practices behind the wheel."

Motorists are encouraged to plan their trips ahead of time, know their exits, abide by road signs and be weary of drivers changing lanes unexpectedly. The group also urged motorists not to cut off trucks, as they take longer to stop because they are heavier, and to be conscious of a truck's blind spots. If you can't see their mirrors they can't see you.